GIS - October 16, 2015: Several activities aiming to promote awareness for the need to act together against extreme poverty and discrimination are being organised around Mauritius in the context of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty commemorated on 17 October.
The theme chosen by the United Nations is Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination.
Organised by the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, in collaboration with the National Empowerment Foundation, the programme of activities comprises the following:
- Inauguration of a Recreational Centre at L’Agrément, St Pierre;
- Launching of the second phase of the Substance Abuse project;
- Inauguration of a learning corner at Residence Barkly;
- Award of certificates to beneficiaries of the basic Adult Literacy project; and
- Inauguration of a green space at Ripailles.
It is recalled that Government is committed to promote social justice, eliminate extreme poverty and give equal chances to people of different levels of social development. To that end, a medium to long term Marshall Plan to combat poverty and social exclusion in Mauritius and Rodrigues, is being elaborated. The Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment is leading the preparation of the Marshall plan, with the UNDP providing technical assistance.
More about the International Day
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.
The 2015 commemoration is a special one, as it comes on the heels of the adoption of the agenda Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda, which succeeds the Millennium Development Goals, contains 17 new and ambitious goals – forefront among them, to ‘end poverty in all its forms everywhere’.
This year’s theme recognises that all people must come together to end poverty and discrimination in order to build a sustainable future, in which our planet and our societies can fulfil the needs and aspirations of everyone – not only those of a privileged few – for this and future generations. The full participation of people living in poverty, particularly in the decisions that affect their lives and communities, must be at the centre of policies and strategies to build a sustainable future.
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